Friday, March 23, 2012

2012 Ohio Poetry Day Poet of the Year


In our 75th year, Ohio Poetry Day offers a competition for the Diamond Webb chapbook award in lieu of our usual Poet of the Year.

Open to Ohio natives or residents who have never been named Poet of the Year, the award is publication of a 36-page chapbook to be produced in time for Poetry Day, October 19–20. Manuscript must be submitted on standard 8½ x 11 paper, but the book will be printed in the usual 5½ x 8½ size, so be aware of format. Individual poems may have been previously published, but not the manuscript in its entirety, nor may it be under consideration elsewhere.

The award will consist of 75 books to the winner, a plaque as the Poet of the Year and an invitation to speak at the Ohio Poetry Day luncheon, as other Poets of the Year have done.

Manuscript must be sent with two title pages, one with no poet identification, the other with name, address, and phone number (e-mail will not help the submission process, though it may assist in publication of the winner). Pages should be numbered and a table of contents provided. Divider pages or illustrations must be included in the page count.

Postmark deadline is June 1, 2012, and manuscripts must be sent with $7.50 entry fee to:
Amy Jo Zook
3520 State Route 56
Mechanicsburg, OH 43044

Make check payable to Ohio Poetry Day, with "chapbook" in the memo line. All entrants will receive a copy of the winning book. Judge for the contest will be announced at Ohio Poetry Day.

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